Monthly Archives: August 2007

Charlotte Symphony: Now Musicians and Budget are in Black

The Charlotte Symphony will likely announce a balanced budget for the 2006-07 season soon, but the good news comes with a footnote. In order to cover its costs, the orchestra borrowed $700,000 from its endowment fund, with the intention of … Continue reading

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Take a Piano Lesson with Artur Rubinstein

From a master class given near the end of Rubinstein’s life:

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Lead Poisoning Killed Beethoven, Scientist Says

(A lock of Beethoven’s hair.) Ludwig van Beethoven died on March 26, 1827, after four months of misery on a dirty straw mattress in Vienna. What brought on that downward spiral? Lead poisoning accidentally caused by his own doctor, says … Continue reading

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The Latest Movie/Music Phenom

Recently a WDAV listener was moved to write to the station about the new movie Vitus. You can see a trailer for it at http://www.sonyclassics.com/vitus/ . It seems that every few years there’s a new art house flick that delves … Continue reading

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Bonding With Mozart

This one’s shaken, not stirred.

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A Glass Act

“Anitra’s Dance” from Greig’s Peer Gynt Suite performed on wine glasses or “glass harp” by Glass Duo:

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James Brown Sings with Pavarotti

That gap? It’s not so wide. Saturday’s broadcast of The MTT Files describes how conductor Michael Tilson Thomas gained new musical insight listening to James Brown and features an extensive interview with the late Godfather of Soul recorded at his … Continue reading

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Like an Accordion on Steroids

For another peek into the wide world of virtuosity, dig into this clip from a Larry Clinton Orchestra movie short. Behold, “The Philharmonicas” – an irresistibly goofy sextet of harmonica wielding hot shots: (The group later thinned to “The Philharmonica … Continue reading

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